Drake University Law School offers free legal brief templates in the Library section of its website. In the same section, users also find an instructional presentation on brief formatting. Another way to obtain a free brief template is to customize one using the Styles feature in Microsoft Word, states Lawyerist.
Some types of briefs, including appellate briefs, are notoriously complex, according to Lawyerist, and using templates can be the most efficient way to create them. Before the user attempts to create a customized brief, however, he must make sure that the template matches the unique formatting requirements of the court, state or city.